Friday, January 18, 2019

7 Centuries and 6 Families of Paris

Book Review of “Paris: The Epic Novel of the City of Lights” by Edward Rutherfurd


Epic is a word that has been bandied about far too often, and putting it into the subtitle of this novel might seem a bit pretentious. However, it is precisely the word that use be used about this book, seeing as it is not only long (my copy had 832 pages), but it also covers several centuries of the history of this amazing city. With this, Edward Rutherfurd has gathered together a small group of families, which he has placed within this backdrop, at various stages ranging from the 1261 all the way through to 1968!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trash or Treasure Tuesday!

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AKA “Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR”

My fellow blogger Bookish Rita turned me on to this, which was originally Lia @ Lost in a Story’s idea. The rules are very simple:


  1. Sort your Goodreads to-be-read shelf from oldest to new;
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see;
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.
With only 101 books on my TBR list, here are last ten I put on my list:

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Female Journalistic Pioneer

Book Review of “What Girls are Good For: A Novel of Nellie Bly” by David Blixt.

 

Anyone who has studied journalism, or is interested in historical women who were pioneers in their fields, will probably have heard of Nellie Bly, aka Elizabeth Cochrane. Nellie was famous mostly for getting herself admitted to an insane asylum in New York in the late 1880s. Her goal was to find out exactly how the treatment was in these places, and her reports ended up having far-reaching consequences. In this novel, David Blixt gives us some insights into Nellie’s life through a fascinating, biographical, historical fiction account.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Inconvenient Separations




cover152794-mediumBook Review of “Brides in the Sky: Stories and a Novella” by Cary Holladay.

This book is a collection of eight short stories and a novella, which include the following:
  • Brides in the Sky
  • Shades
  • Comanche Queen
  • Fairy Tales
  • Interview with Etta Place, Sweetheart of the Sundance Kid
  • Ghost Walk
  • Operator
  • Hay Season
  • A Thousand Stings – a novella